Bailout Watch 118: Protectionism is Alive and Well in Brooklyn

bailout watch 118 protectionism is alive and well in brooklyn

The Brooklyn Paper has rightly taken local state Supreme Court judges to task for commandeering the northern part of a Columbus Park public parking lot for their own private use. The paper also did the public a service by revealing that the judges’ contention that they needed the space for “security” was a crock. Turns out that roughly 15 of the 30 drivers using the private lot are secretaries, law clerks, court aides and other non-judges. But the next part of the newspaper’s campaign raises uncomfortable (if not for Phil Ressler) questions about the political climate vis a vis a Detroit Bailout. To wit: “It’s un-American!” the Paper proclaims. “On Tuesday and Wednesday, 15 out of 16 cars parked in the judges’ temporary lot were made by non-American companies. The sole American car on the Cadman Plaza side of 360 Adams St. courthouse was a Ford Mustang convertible. And speaking of Ken Elias’ Death Watch prediction that ChryCo and GM will merge, check out off-hand remark regarding Chrysler’s fate. “Looking out over the lot on Wednesday afternoon, a court officer laughed when he realized that more than 93 percent of the cars were not from the Detroit Big Three (soon to be Big Two). ‘I guess that’s the state of America now — we buy foreign,’ said the guard, who would not give his name.” [thanks to for the link]

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  • Obbop Obbop on Oct 17, 2008

    "...not make it unofficial policy to shaft people on their warranties as much as you can." Hear Hear!!!!! Huzzah and Hosannah!!!!!

  • Davekaybsc Davekaybsc on Oct 17, 2008

    "Is any Lexus or Audi really worth the cost of not buying an equivalent Cadillac?" Yep. Sorry, but they are. Cadillac makes ONE reasonably world competitive product, the new CTS. Lincoln makes zero, and those are our only domestic choices. I don't like the CTS. I will not buy a car I don't like to support one line worker over another, or to fictionally make Detroit crime rates go down. I work hard to earn my money. Nobody is going to step in and subsidize me so that some foreigner doesn't take my job from me. If an American company makes a product that is better than anything else in the world, I'm more than happy to buy it. If not, I'll buy it from the country that does it best. This is a global market, and every car company has just as much of a right to compete for my dollars. Car buying isn't some sort of "protect America" charity.

  • MRF 95 T-Bird Sears and JC Whitney also had similar dune buggy kits. The VW accessories along with the running gear for legal use just bolted on. Hmm Amazon? A Bradley GT or Kelmark kit using an electric “skateboard” platform would also be cool.
  • Inside Looking Out Cadillac now associates with rap music. In the past it was all about rock'n'roll. Rap is environmentally friendlier than rock'n'roll.
  • EBFlex This is nothing compared to what Ford is doing. The fake lightning is seeing massive price increases for 2023. Remember how they self pleasured themselves about the fake lightning starting under $40k? In 2023, the price jumps by a very Tesla like $7,000. And that’s not the biggest price jump. And much less talked about, the government fleet discounts are going away. So for a basic 3.3L Explorer, the price is jumping $8,500. S basic F150 is also now $8,500 more. Im sure the same people that complained about the oil companies making “obscene profits” will say the same thing about Ford.
  • Bobbysirhan Sometimes it seems like GM has accepted that the customers they still have are never going to come to their senses and that there aren't any new dupes on the horizon, so they might as well milk their existing cows harder.
  • Buickman how about LowIQ?